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Glenn Gruenhagen

Minnesota lawmaker’s ‘gay lifestyle’ aside stuns peers

Monday, March 11, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Minnesota lawmaker opposed to same-sex marriage has caused another stir with comments some regarded as inflammatory. [ Read more → ]
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Reparative therapy: ‘It is shocking that we are still shocking people!’

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Forty years ago, in 1973, the American Psychiatric Association announced that homosexuality was not a mental illness. “Conversion or Reparative therapy” has been rejected by the World Health Organization, the American Psychological Association and almost every other professional therapeutic group in America to date. When a medication is harmful, we pull it off the market, yet we allow a so-called therapeutic practice that we know is harmful to be used on minors. There is something very wrong here... [ Read more → ]
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Ex-gay, ‘Christian Post’ blogger Matt Moore can’t resist Grindr

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Matt Moore, a blogger at the Christian Post who has written extensively about his experiences with homosexuality and his ultimate decision to leave that “lifestyle,” has been spotted on the gay hook-up site Grindr. [ Read more → ]
Mat Staver

Liberty Counsel appeals ruling, calls limits on ex-gay therapy ‘child endangerment’

Friday, December 7, 2012
After a district court judge rejected their challenge of California’s law prohibits therapists from practicing dangerous sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors, Liberty Counsel has decided to appeal the ruling and has continued to portray the law as a boon to child predators. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge rules California ban on conversion therapy can go forward

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by an anti-LGBT group to postpone the January 1, 2013 start of California’s new law banning controversial gay-to-straight conversion, or "reparative" therapy, for LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]
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Judge grants temporary injunction on California’s ban on reparative therapy

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
A federal judge in California on Monday issued a temporary injunction on the state's ban on controverial gay-to-straight "conversion" therapy, but limited the scope of his order to just the three providers who have appealed the ban. [ Read more → ]
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Storming the ‘Ex-Gay’ Shores

Thursday, November 29, 2012
In 1998, 15 religious right organizations launched a huge advertising campaign to promote “pray away the gay” programs. Anti-gay activist Robert Knight called the “Truth in Love” campaign the “Normandy Landing in the larger cultural wars.” Things didn’t quite work out as Knight had hoped... [ Read more → ]
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Shocking cult murder puts spotlight on the International House of Prayer (IHOP)

Friday, November 23, 2012
Today, I feel a little bit like Dr. Sam Loomis. He was the psychiatrist in the classic horror movie Halloween who ran through the streets of Haddonfield telling anyone who would listen that Michael Myers had just escaped from the insane asylum. As he frantically warned the residents, they looked at him as if he were a paranoid crank. Similarly, I warned in May that something was seriously amiss at Mike Bickle’s International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Grandview, MO, an exurb of Kansas City... [ Read more → ]
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Advocacy groups move to defend California’s ban on reparative therapy

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Two LGBT advocacy groups, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Equality California, filed court papers late Friday seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit challenging the new California law protecting LGBT youth from "gay-to-straight" reparative therapy. [ Read more → ]
Jerry, a 23-year-old Texan, said he underwent seven years of conversion therapy, according to an SPLC video.

Law, health groups target Illinois ‘ex-gay’ services social worker with complaint

Friday, October 12, 2012
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Thursday, calling upon the department’s licensing board to investigate the practices of a Chicago-area social worker, who they say practices ”ex-gay” conversion therapy services. [ Read more → ]
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The convoluted legal case for reparative therapy

Saturday, October 6, 2012
If there is one thing that we learned by the Pacific Justice Institute’s lawsuit against California Gov. Jerry Brown, and anyone in his orbit remotely connected to a new law banning “ex-gay” therapy for minors, is that these lawyers are as logic challenged and convoluted as the industry they are poorly defending. [ Read more → ]
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‘Cured’ student, anti-gay groups sue California over ban on reparative therapy for minors

Friday, October 5, 2012
Therapists who purportedly counsel gay and lesbian patients into heterosexuality and two anti-gay organizations have filed lawsuits seeking an injunction against California's recently approved ban on reparative therapy for minors. [ Read more → ]
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California Governor signs landmark legislation to ban reparative therapy for minors

Sunday, September 30, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday made history by signing a landmark legislation banning psychological therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight — often referred to as reparative therapy. [ Read more → ]
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Banning reparative therapy: A proper restriction on parental rights

Sunday, September 2, 2012
Parents do not raise their children in a vacuum, but instead society has to deal with the repercussions of how that child was raised. Thus, though society cannot, and should not, dictate how a parent raises their child, there are limits – very few limits – to what a parent can do with their child. In my opinion, reparative therapy should fall into this limitation... [ Read more → ]
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California OK’s landmark legislation to ban reparative therapy for minors

Thursday, August 30, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California state legislature on Thursday passed the nation's first law banning psychological therapy aimed at turning gay and lesbian youth straight -- often referred to as reparative therapy -- sending the measure to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval. [ Read more → ]
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Memo to PFOX: We don’t need your rehabilitation

Sunday, August 19, 2012
“Victims,” best describes those who participate (especially those forced to participate) in the macabre ritual of self-loathing that SOCE (sexual orientation change efforts) groups advocate. These are not institutions of healing. But are institutions of shame and degradation. They are not based in science, instead they’re based in ancient dogma, blind bigotry, and willful ignorance. [ Read more → ]
State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance, Calif.)

Bill prohibiting ‘ex-gay’ therapy for minors called ‘fascism, ex-gay bashing’

Monday, August 13, 2012
REEDVILLE, Va. -- A new bill making its way through the California state legislature that would ban "ex-gay" reparative therapy for minors, has been called "fascism and ex-gay bashing" by the head of an "ex-gay" advocacy group. [ Read more → ]
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True LGBT Story: Robbie Maris, ‘I’m from New Berlin, Wisc.’

Saturday, May 5, 2012
In this video story from "I'm from Driftwood," Robbie Maris tells that, after coming out to his religiously conservative parents, he was sent to “ex-gay” ministry, Exodus International. [ Read more → ]
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California Senate committee advances bill to limit reparative therapy

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Legislation designed protect LGBT minors from what critics charge is harmful and ineffective ex-gay therapy, advanced through a California state Senate Committee on Monday. [ Read more → ]
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Christian group considers legal action after ‘ex-gay’ ads banned from London buses

Saturday, April 14, 2012
LONDON, UK -- At least one of two conservative Christian groups whose planned ads promoting "ex-gay" therapy were pulled from London buses because transport authority said they were "intolerant," said they are now considering legal action. [ Read more → ]
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LGBT advocates distribute school flyers to counter anti-gay message by PFOX

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- A group of LGBT advocates announced Wednesday they had delivered 50,000 flyers to high school students in Montgomery County, Md., aimed at dispelling myths about what it means to be gay. [ Read more → ]
Robert Spitzer

Psychiatrist behind controversial ‘ex-gay’ study retracts original claims

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
In a move that serves as a significant blow to "ex-gay" programs and anti-gay organizations, Dr. Robert Spitzer has repudiated his much-criticized 2001 study that claimed some "highly motivated" homosexuals could go from gay to straight. [ Read more → ]
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Remembering Mike Wallace, and … ‘The Homosexuals’

Monday, April 9, 2012
I am a fan of the late Mike Wallace and am very sad that he has passed away. I have always enjoyed his reports and consider him a first-rate journalist. However, there was one noticeable career snafu that caused an enormous amount of damage to the LGBT community. In 1967, the news magazine CBS Reports aired an hour-long segment, “The Homosexuals,” that gave America its first glimpse of gay and lesbian Americans. Thanks to the efforts of anti-gay psychiatrists, gays were vilified in front of 40 million people, solidifying despicable stereotypes that would last for more than a generation. [ Read more → ]
Greg Quinlan

Ex-gay group seeks to infiltrate schools during ‘Day of Silence’

Monday, April 2, 2012
The organization Parents and Friends of Ex-Gay’s and Gays (PFOX) has decided that GLSEN’s annual Day of Silence is the perfect opportunity for their supporters to pass around flyers promoting “ex-gay” therapy ... such is the tactic of organizations like PFOX. Instead of providing an environment where LGBT students can feel supported and free to be themselves, they are instead spreading the message that “for many youth, homosexual attraction develops due to traumatic experiences, such as sexual abuse. [ Read more → ]
Wayne Besen (left) and Greg Quinlan

Truth Wins Out files defamation lawsuit against ‘ex-gay’ organization PFOX

Thursday, February 23, 2012
NEW YORK -- Truth Wins Out, a non-profit organization that fights anti- LGBT religious extremism, announced Tuesday that it had filed a defamation lawsuit against Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) and its President Greg Quinlan after he claimed on a television show that Truth Wins Out (TWO) Executive Director Wayne Besen tried to have him killed. [ Read more → ]
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